A History of Early Sayville, New York

Title:A history of early Sayville
Author:Clarissa Edwards
Publication date:1935
Publisher:Sayville, N.Y., Suffolk County News Press 
Digitizing Sponsor:Internet Archive
Contributor:Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
Repository:Internet Archive
A history of early Sayville
Title page to A History of Early Sayville by Clarissa Edwards

These facts have been assembled for the purpose of recording historic information of the village of Sayville, New York. It is rarely mentioned in local histories. since there are few outstanding events in its development.

John Green, Willett Green and John Edwards were three of the earliest settlers who purchased tracts of this land from the Nicoll grant. The latter two bought the land now known as Sayville. Willett Green taking the western and John Edwards the eastern portion. The price paid by Green was 484 pounds ($1210) or about three dollars an acre. John Edwards’ land extended from the middle of Brown’s Creek on the east to an old hedge and ditch now lying between Green and Candee Avenues on the west and north to the Head of the Neck Line.

Willett Green’s land extended from the western boundary of the parcel purchased by John Edwards to the eastern boundary of the tract purchased by John Green. The land bought by John Green on May third, 1786, comprised “all that Neck of land commonly called Green’s Neck, bounded as follows: Beginning at the southwest corner at the mouth of a creek, called Green’s Creek and running up the middle of said creek to the head thereof, from thence north one mile from the South Country Road, from thence extending a due east (undoubtedly a misprint for west) course, until it strikes a brook called Morris Brook, if the said brook extends as far north; from thence down the middle of the said brook to the bay and southerly by the said bay to the mouth of Green’s Creek, the place of beginning.”

Eight hundred pounds was paid to the Nicoll estate for this land.

It is probable that there were several settlers living upon the land before it was bought from the Nicoll estate, as early Islip Town Records mentioned Jeremiah Terry as collector as early as 1770 and John Edwards as collector in 1779.

Notes About the Book

  • No Copyright.
  • Irregular pagination.
  • Photo copied book.
  • Faint text.
  • No index.


Aldrich, Baker, Bedell, Brush, Candee, Carmich, Darkow, DaSilva, Edwards, Foster, Gerard, Gerber, Gillam, Gillette, Gordon, Green, Habberman, Haff, Hawkins, Homan, Jedlicka, Jindra, Ketcham, Knapp, Longworth, Ludlow, Moger, Munkelwitz, Noe, Nohowec, Oleson, Prescott, Raynor, Rhodes, Rogers, Russell, Seaman, Smith, Suydam, Terry, Tucker, Weeks, Wheeler, Wood, Woodhull, Worth.


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